NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
19th October, 1951: At dawn today the British forces were in control of all the key points on the Suez Canal. It was near bloodless victory with no serious British casualties and only two dead and five wounded Egyptians. The British troops, including paratroopers, landed here two nights ago, under the command of General Erskine. The action reflects the deteriorating situation in the Canal Zone. The week began with a major British concession to Egypt. She offered a Middle East pact backed by France, Turkey and US, which would include Egypt in a five-nation defence organisation. British would then hand over her Egyptian base to it. Egypt rejected the olive branch and rioting broke out in the Zone.
[ Rejecting olive branches and rioting seems to be a timeless tradition. ]